Kirk Herbstreit calls for changes to college football postseason, championship system
Following another week of no change to the College Football Playoff selection committee’s top 4, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is voicing his frustration with the current system.
In a recent media appearance, Herbstreit described the CFP as too predictable and repetitive.
“Our postseason is as bad as there is,” Herbstreit said Wednesday on the Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin Show via College Football Live. “And we have got to figure out a system that opens up opportunities. The season ends Jan. 12, I can already tell you 2021 Ohio State’s coming out of the Big Ten, Clemson’s coming out of the ACC, Alabama’s coming out of the SEC. I can say in 2023, Ohio State is coming out of the Big Ten, Clemson’s coming out of the ACC and Alabama,” Herbstreit said.
The GameDay host added that he thinks it is unfair to the rest of the FBS to enter the season seemingly out of the CFP picture.
“If that’s where we are is that right, is that healthy for the sport when 98 or 99 percent of the participants realize they don’t have a chance before the season starts?” Herbstreit added. “We’ve got to look at this 2020 year and realize that we have to tweak the system for the betterment of the sport. We’re at a fork in the road right now on a lot of levels and we’ve got to look at some potential changes.”
Many media members expressed similar frustrations for Group of 5 level teams, including Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina, after the Tuesday rankings reveal. It surprised many fans and media members that the committee ranked two-loss teams Iowa State (No. 6) and Florida (No. 7) above 8-0 Cincinnati (No. 8).